General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Designing Political Science Research
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Joanna Rak
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Associate Professor
Faculty Faculty of Political Science and Journalism
Semester 2023/2024 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 14-XDGPS


The course starts on 4th March 2024.

Classes take place every Monday at 18:30-20:00.

Room: 133 (Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, ul. Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego 5, Poznań)

Module aim (aims)

- to introduce and explain how to plan and design research on topics interesting to students,
- to introduce the elements of the research process and account for their role in a research project,
- to introduce methodological and theoretical approaches useful in political science,
- to show how to conduct and improve social research,
- to present how to discuss and disseminate research results.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

-curiosity about politics and society,
-competence to analyze sources critically,
-competence to deal with research problems,
-command of English.


Week 1: Introduction: Research Process in Political Science

Week 2: Research Planning and Designing: Topic, Research Subject, and Goals

Week 3: Literature Review: Role of Theory in Political Science

Week 4: Presentation and Evaluation of Literature Reviews

Week 5: Research Field and Its Subject, Subject Matter, Time, and Territory Bounds

Week 6: Research Problems

Week 7: Research Hypotheses

Week 8: Research Methods, Techniques, and Tools

Week 9: Consultations: Pilot Testing and General Strategies for Controlling Artifact and Bias

Week 10: Sources Selection and Data Collection, Preparation, and Analyses

Week 11: Writing Strategies and Ethical Consideration

Week 12: Presentation and Evaluation of Research Projects, part I

Week 13: Presentation and Evaluation of Research Projects, part II

Week 14: Presentation and Evaluation of Research Projects, part III

Week 15: Discussion on Limits and Avenues for Future Research. Disseminating Research Results

Class attendance and participation: Class attendance is required for this course. If you must miss, come out early or arrive late to a class for any reason, please let me know in advance. Everyone is expected to come to class prepared and participate actively in work on their own research project. This participation is to be based on an informed familiarity and thoughtful engagement with the assigned reading and research. Students work on their research projects and present partial and final results for 15 weeks. There is no exam.

Reading list

Cheek, Julianne, Øby, Elise (2022), Research Design: Why Thinking About Design Matters, Sage, London.

Creswell, John W., Creswell, J. David (2018), Research Design, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches, 5th edition, Sage, London.

Curini, Luigi and Robert Franzese (eds.) (2020), Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations, Sage, London.

Harris, David (2020), Literature Review and Research Design: A Guide to Effective Research Practice, Routledge, London and New York.

Kellstedt, Paul M., Whitten, Guy D. (2018), The Fundamentals of Political Science Research, 3rd edition, Cambridge University Press, New York.

Kothari, C.R. (2004), Research Methodology: Methods and Techniques, 2nd edition, New Age International Publishers, New Delhi.

Marczyk, Geoffrey R. DeMatteo, David, Festinger, David (2005), Essentials of Research Design and Methodology, John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey.

Paja, Boro (2022), Introduction to Research Methods: A Hands-on Approach, 2nd edition, Sage, London.

Punch, F. Keith (2014), Introduction to Social Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches, 3rd edition, Sage, London.

Shively, W. Phillips (2016), The Craft of Political Research, 9th edition, Routledge, London and New York.

Yang, Keming (2010), Making Sense of Statistical Methods in Social Research, Sage, London.